Blue Bell Inn

4.6
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$31 to $50
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Contemporary American
The redesigned rustic-meets-modern ambiance compliments the Contemporary American menu which features premium cuts of meat, ocean-fresh seafood and signature raw bar. Seasonal outdoor dining on the flagstone patio is available upon request.
In 2013, Blue Bell Inn underwent extensive renovations for over a year. Various historical aspects were enhanced through thoughtful restoration and new materials such as solid white oak and porcelain tile floors were introduced to create a stunning architectural mélange spanning three centuries.
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4.6
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4.6
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OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined 15 hours ago
Overall4food5service4ambience4

The food was delicious, although our soup was tepid. My glass of wine came when I was two thirds of the way through my entree. Every course was excellent, however, which transcends the few criticisms that I have.

B
Philadelphia
82 reviews
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience4

Four of us arrived for an early midweek dinner were surprised to see a full parking lot and a line for valet parking. Waz-up we thought? Inside the place was buzzing with what looked like a full house. Yet, when we approached the hostess station we were warmly greeted and promptly lead past a spacious, busy bar space, to one of several dining areas in a rather small, pleasantly decorated, dining room. Nicole soon arrived to greet us, provide water and menus, and take our beverage orders. Throughout our visit she was exceedingly pleasant and helpful. That she didn't check in with us as often as we might have expected likely was because the dining room was full with no empty tables and she appeared to be the only server. She apparently was also responsible for busing her tables because it took some time before dishes were removed. The Caesar salads, mushroom toast, and fresh oysters appetizers were all superb. The calamari we requested for the table was as good as any of us could remember eating anywhere. The coating perfectly adhered to the tender yet firm meat with flavor that had just a kick of spice to make it interesting. The racks of lamb and strip steak entrees were prepared medium rare as requested and both were tender and scrumptious. One of us ordered the grouper special that was simply prepared with a bit of bok choy and a hint of soy that was found to "delicious." The sides with our entrees were the usual with fresh ingredients that were well prepared. Yes, we each had desserts and they were excellent though the coffee creme brulee just wasn't our cup of tea. This is a rather upscale establishment approaching fine dining, not withstanding some of the patrons picnic attire, so the prices seem commensurate with the quality of the food and service.

TT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 4 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The food was delicious. Service was very good. Waitress very nice. A very enjoyable evening.

OT
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Food was outstanding and the atmosphere was great. Old building that was very charming. Enjoyed a great date night with my wife.

r
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Raw seafood offerings are excellent. The reason for 4 star ratings is that the cooked items were salty, however, this was the first time that happened; been to BB Inn 4 other times. The server appeared very rushed but was nice. It was noisier than usual.

L
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined 7 days ago
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Prices are increasing above the area norm for what you get but still very good. We fear they are going to out price themselves.

U
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 18, 2020
Overall2food3service5ambience3

It was a very special occasion as it was our 20th wedding anniversary. I would’ve thought that BBI would’ve done something special for us - and by special, I mean just a basic card on the table, perhaps a sweet desert put forth by the chef.... ANYTHING actually ..... but did they? NOPE. What I got was a hurried happy anniversary by some random guy at the front desk without even making eye contact - I’m using the word random because there were five people standing there. I have no idea who the host was or the manager. We were escorted to a table that I’ve sat on many times.

The food was ok - the steaks were undercooked and why restaurants mess around with cheesecake is beyond me. Even my nine year old left it after one bite.

Very disappointed with BBI. They just lost a customer.

The person who waited on us was excellent.

P
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 17, 2020
Overall4food5service5ambience3

The food was very good, large portions, so we weren’t able to finish what we ordered. We arrived at 7 and it was a lovely and quiet experience. However about 45 minutes into our meal the noise level picked up quite a bit and became slightly unbearable. Overall the food was amazing, and the look and feel of the place was wonderful. I would definitely go there again.

K
Miami
7 reviews
Dined on January 16, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We had a fabulous time as always at BBI. Sally was our server and she’s excellent and one of our favorites.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

The branzino was excellent!

BY
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Blue Bell Inn Sunday Brunch! We go for special occasions and also just for a regular Sunday. The new expanded a la carte menu offers a lot of options and the unlimited Mimosas or Bloody Marys @! $18/pp makes for a lovely, relaxing meal. Service is great and they don’t rush you! It’s great in the winter and is also especially nice in the spring and summer. It’s our go to brunch place!!

AA
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We LOVED our brunch experience!! We will definitely go back!

BB
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 12, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Best brunch around!

OT
1 review
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience4

Great Server. Great food. Great drink. We will be back.

CD
Atlantic City
7 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food4service5ambience5

Dinner was very good but good have been hotter. Soup and mashed potatoes were just warm.

OT
Philadelphia
17 reviews
Dined on January 10, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Great drinks and a great happy hour menu.

RT
Philadelphia
36 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall4food4service4ambience4

Brunch menu was good but could be expanded to offer more choices. Service was good but a bit slow. Food was very good.

G
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall3food3service3ambience3

We came for brunch & ordered eggs Benedict w/potatoes...the potatoes were cold so we sent the entire platter back...then we waited at least 10 mins, upon getting our food back, the potatoes were room temp & eggs were cold! Needless to say we informed the waitress who did not give us the option to take the price for 2 meals off the check so I opted to take leftovers with me since we were charged for them...not a happy camper & will not return!

CC
Philadelphia
4 reviews
Dined on January 5, 2020
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Our food and service was exceptional.

JF
Philadelphia
7 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall4food3service4ambience4

It was a bit noisy for us...next time I'll request a quiet area.

T
Philadelphia
71 reviews
Dined on January 4, 2020
Overall3food4service4ambience4

I have been here many times and have always been pleased. I recommended it to two of my friends for lunch. Since we only do this three times a year, we tend to visit for about 2 and a half hours. When we arrived at 12 noon , the parking lot was empty. At 2 PM we were approached to give up our table because a party of 8 arrived and they wanted to use our table with an adjoining one to accommodate these guests. It was awkward because we felt rushed to wrap it up. Honestly, we won’t come again for lunch.

MA
Philadelphia
8 reviews
Dined on January 3, 2020
Overall2food2service3ambience4

Great place for drinks and apps. Ambiance very nice.
Menu is expensive and food not great. We had a table of 4 and spent $250 (with no alcohol) and were in and out in 1 hour or less. Way too much money to be finished that quickly.

MM
New York Area
10 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall4food4service5ambience5

New Year’s Eve fun ambiance and only thing would have
Liked to have desert
After bringing in the new year but Kitchen was closed so it forced us to end our night at 1215 other than that was a really good time and lots of fun

n
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Had a great dinner and the festivities for the New Year were great!

CG
Chicago
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Love the Blue Bell Inn! It’s never a disappointment. Seafood Wedge is the best!

D
New York Area
202 reviews
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

A fabulous evening all the way around. Awesome menu choices, the quality of food was superb & our server was unbelievably attentive. It made for a memorable New Years Eve evening.

JB
1 review
Dined on December 31, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Hadn’t been there in years. It was delicious. Definitely going back . You must get the Apple dessert in the skillet ..

OT
Philadelphia
6 reviews
Dined on December 30, 2019
Overall4food4service3ambience3

The service was not quite as good as normal. It took a long time to get drinks. It was very loud.

AD
Philadelphia
1 review
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

Sunday brunch was lovely with delicious food, excellent service, and holiday atmosphere. Can hardly wait to come again!

DM
Washington DC
4 reviews
Dined on December 29, 2019
Overall1food1service4ambience3

Food was just not good ... I’ve had Eggs Benedict with Crabmeat many times at different restaurants ... crabmeat was not fresh lump crabmeat... was a crab cake that had a very fishy odor to it ... over priced as well

OT
Philadelphia
9 reviews
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall4food5service5ambience4

Lovely staff, good menu, busy evening with both full dining room and bar along with a wedding. Service did not suffer for it.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 28, 2019
Overall5food5service4ambience5

Had a great lunch here. Will be back!

EE
Philadelphia
121 reviews
Dined on December 27, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

This is one of our favorite restaurants and we always look forward to going back there. Everything about this place is great and we always have a good experience.Also if you were looking for a great place for Sunday brunch this is the place for you. After dinner we went to the bar which was crowded as usual because they had music there and we had a great time. Definitely put this on your list of places to dine.

CM
Philadelphia
10 reviews
Dined on December 26, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

We no longer live in the area but frequented the Blue Bell Inn for many years when we did. So, now, we visit the BBI whenever in the area which is 2-3 times per year.

OT
1 review
Dined on December 24, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

My first time at the Blue Bell Inn. Beautiful place. Best roast beef sandwich I ever had.

TG
Philadelphia
16 reviews
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall3food2service2ambience3

Been here many times but this lunch was very poor--ordered a Reuben and it was just terrible. Whoever made it did a very poor job & the its presentation was so bad I'm surprised the server even served it. I guess if you want a Reuben you have to go to Phils

ML
1 review
Dined on December 23, 2019
Overall2food2service2ambience4

Our office has come to the Blue Bell Inn several past years for our Christmas luncheon and office parties and this is the first time that we did not have a good experience. We waited for at least a half hour for our food and when it finally arrived some dishes were cold and to be returned to the kitchen for reheating. Other than that the food was tasty

PP
1 review
Dined on December 22, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience3

We had a wonderful time-from all perspectives!! Didn’t understand how to rate the noise level.... it was OK, but due to the crowd, maybe a little loud.

OT
Philadelphia
2 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall4food3service5ambience5

Birthday dinner was really nice regarding service and atmosphere. Prime rib was a little high priced since it was a little tough and rough to chew. Peanut butter mousse pie dessert was amazing.

M
Philadelphia
124 reviews
Dined on December 21, 2019
Overall5food5service5ambience5

First visit to Blue Bell Inn on the recommendation of a friend. Went for lunch to celebrate Christmas in a festive location. Beautiful and elegant, with superior service. And the food is fantastic. So many amazing choices, and so many creative combinations of flavors and spices. Very impressed and look forward to my return visit.

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